Winter 2024 Newsletter focuses on using household items

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The Winter 2024 edition of the Early Intervention Clearinghouse newsletter is available on our website in English and Spanish

The newsletter highlights a variety of ways families and early intervention providers can use common everyday, household objects for play to help achieve early intervention outcomes. The main article features ideas and activities using various kitchenware and home materials that can promote healthy development. We also share a really helpful article on the role of the service coordinator in early intervention. In addition, this newsletter features a tip sheet focused on ways you can use clothes and getting dressed to focus on early intervention goals. The English language version and the Spanish language version each contain a recommended list of resources on Fun Sensory Play. You will also find an update on the State Systemic Improvement Plan (SSIP), a Winter Newsletter Giveaway, a reminder to complete your Family Outcomes Survey when it is shared with you and information about the upcoming Family Town Hall meetings.

image of flyer advertising  2024 Family town hall meetings

Town Hall Meeting for Families on Tuesday, Feb 6

The director of the Bureau of Early Intervention is hosting virtual town halls with families of children in early intervention. During this time you can share your experiences, ask questions, and voice your suggestions to improve early intervention. Benny Delgado, Chief of the Bureau of Early Intervention, will be present to personally answer questions and respond to comments. These meetings will be held online and information will be presented in English and Spanish. REGISTER BY completing this form OR contact Sarah Isaacs, Email: or Phone: 217-265-6875. 

Need an iPad or a Hotspot for Live Video Visits?

Many families are receiving Early Intervention services through live video visits. To help families with technology needs, the EI Clearinghouse has added several technology devices to the lending library:

  • iPads with a cellular data plan (device and Internet access)
  • iPads without a cellular data plan (device)
  • Hotspot with cellular data plan (Internet access)

To request a device, please complete our Device Loan Request Form (also available in Spanish). For more information about live video visits, see our tip sheet Introduction to Early Intervention (EI) Live Video Visits: Frequently Asked Questions (also available in Spanish).


About the Clearinghouse

The Illinois Early Intervention (EI) Clearinghouse identifies and collects research-based and best-practice early intervention information to share with families. We are a resource for you; contact us via our online form or by phone at (877) 275-3227. In addition to our website full of recommended digital resources, we have a lending library of books, eBooks, audiobooks and videos elated to the development of young children with special needs and their families.

Please let us know if you need any resources or information; we are always happy to help!

Sarah Isaacs, Library Director
Illinois Early Intervention Clearinghouse

Publication date: 2024